The Knife

The knife has long been an essential tool for the outdoorsman and man kind in general. The outdoors enthusiast would never be caught without it. When you step out the door, it is the first tool in your pack or pocket, it is a sort of companion on all your great adventures. At Hook Knives we believe that companion aught to be a little part of you, a part of who you are. So let us make your dream knife to fit you.


Enjoy this collection of much of my past work as a sample of what I can do and offer.
 I did the handle and file job on this Jungle bowie and I really love the combination.

Here is a great shot of the knife overall, turquoise inlaid
 wood and file pattern with mosaic pins!

A custom designed grind, the client had a very
particular fighting style with which to use
this tactical, self defense knife.

The sheath is designed for inside the
waistband carry anywhere around the
beltline. All the corners were highly
rounded and smooth for a surprisingly
comfortable carry. 
And it conceals quite well with no printing and
normal clothing.

One of our Capers on a customers
spectacular whitetail! 
One of my early Hook Drop Points with claro walnut and maple 
A favorite shot from a holiday photo shoot

Chakte Kok made a bold colored handle for this caper.

Dense redwood burl on a Hook Drop Point

Figured, gunstock Claro walnut on a Hook Drop Point.

Black and White Ebony on a Trout and Bird knife.

I ran the river a lot with this great old dog in my youth.

I make quite a few of these Cocobolo capers for Andy at skinnersights.

Fiddle back maple is often overlooked, but I think really classy.

The natural shimmer is stunning in the sunshine.

Some real dark Cocobolo from Brazil I believe. 

I love how much this wood can vary in color and figure.

Another great piece of Cocobolo, this is some Texas red color phase. 

Speaking of Cocobolo, this is some of the
most spectacular I have seen, like a martian sandstorm
on fiddle back maple! (by now you may see that I'm a woods nerd.)

This Mexican Bocote consistently has a lot going on
in that grain, looks good on the caper.

Here is an interesting handle material that tested the
limits of stabilizing. This heavily spalted birch started
life very soft, but soaked up resin like a sponge to
make a pretty good handle! I also cut these logs end grain
to show a unique side of the spalting for this little family of

I even left the edge of the bark in the front of this handle,
just frozen solid in hard resin. I was pleasantly surprised
that it worked so well.

This one became my own because I liked it too much
it's been on a lot of adventures with me, and I expect
many more to come.

Those Birch logs also contributed to this interesting project
This Caper XS duo was when I finalized my XS design.
It was inspired by a customer who wanted a Hook
Drop Point blade with a handle more like a Caper and
when we were done I knew the design was a keeper.

We also designed this unique duo sheath for the pair.

This redwood sat for so long that it turned a deep cherry
Red, almost black, very unique. I inlayed two small

 cracks with turquoise and it just jumps out wonderfully.

More Bocote, this time on a Hook Trout and Bird Knife

Chakte Kok (Red Heart) on a Trout and Bird Knife

Goncalo Alves (tigerwood) on a Tn'B Knife.

A two tone creation of purple heart and zebrawood
on the Tn'B knife.

Here is a strange wood, Red Palm.  This is the coconut
tree and it has a look like long grain wild rice in
refried beans.  It stabilizes very hard and makes a
good handle.

One of the first jungle bowies I did, this was a
wedding gift for my cousin, the handle is pearl maple
under Claro, gunstock walnut.

Another jungle bowie of the same handle
combination with a different file pattern in the spine.
This pattern was all done by hand file, like all my file
patterns. This is when I learned how to make a pattern
"flow".  I mirror polished the spine, and the knife was
donated to auction for the Youth for Christ charity auction.

One of the first knives I made, this has a handle from
the legbone of my first elk. It is seen atop pike fillets from
a sizable fish. This was to demonstrate the capabilities of
a small knife as I used only the Tn'B knife to process the fish

This is probably one of only a few pattern folders I will
ever make.  Normally a maker would machine all of the
mechanism and blade himself but this set up was too
good looking, so I did the handle work on it with Mexican

The blade is a stainless san mai damascus.

This little folder was a wild bit of work. The bolsters
Are made from a mule deer antler, which has a beautiful
Ivory appearance, but is very difficult to properly shape.
I had a little fun with the spacer, throwing in a
file pattern and heat bluing the file strokes.

The handle is some pretty neat Cocobolo burl, I think
it nicely compliments the antler.

How often do you set your knife next to an animal
you are working on late some night, and then spend
ten minutes spinning like a dog looking for a place to
lay down because it disappeared in the dark grass?
This customer had the idea to remedy the problem
by ordering glow acrylic in the handle. An idea I
really should develop further.

I obviously combined the acrylic with black linen micarta,
for both added durability and visual appeal.

Feels good in the hand too.

A pair of XS's demonstrating their respective
kydex sheaths. The top knife is stabilized
Sagebrush in the handle and the second knife
is stabilized Lilac wood.

My first venture into fun kydex patterns, love this one.
I made this for my personal caper.

The finisher and it's sheath system. The slots are
molded to accommodate most any belt, and the
rivet holes are just the right size to thread
 parachute cord through. 

The Finisher saw some early product testing as a diving
knife spear fishing for barracuda in Baja Mexico! Sadly
I was not the one to do said testing.

A fresh batch of finisher daggers.

Work on a hand file pattern for a big kitchen knife.

My caper on a black bear bow kill! The caper has
seen a few bear capes. 

A customer's caper one a successful pronghorn hunt.

Our bow matching project with Toelke Archery at
Montana Bows

This is with my Toelke bow, their Chinook,
With a Cocobolo riser.

A customers Cocobolo Caper on a successful
Mule Deer hunt.

Stabilized Mango wood on a Hook Drop Point.

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